Witch Tips: Common Problems with Spellwork

Not everything goes right all of the time.  You could have the perfect candle, the best timing, and the freshest herbs, but something still happens and you feel like the spell is going to fail.  No worries.  Here’s a few pieces of advice to help you keep your cool.

  • The Candle/Incense Went Out:  If you’re still in ritual, relight it.  If not, the spell is done and dispose of the materials.
  • Something Shatters: I’ve never had this happen to me, but if you’re burning something or using a glass container to hold a candle for a long period of time it can happen.  Clean it up and consider the spell done.
  • You Can’t Concentrate: Take a moment and just breath.  Try to calm down and get your blood pressure lowered a little.  If you can’t, clean up and do the work another time.
  • Someone or Something Interrupts You: First of all, minimize the chance of this happening: turn off your cell, tell your roommates or family to leave you alone, put your pets in another room (familiars excepted), etc.  But if it does happen, play it by ear and have a good perspective on the matter.  If your dog breaks your circle, that is so much less of a big deal than if one of your kids is bleeding and needs medical attention.
  • You Don’t Have the Appropriate Materials: This is where indexes come in handy!  Look up the type of spell and see what materials will work for you.  Most spellbooks have them in the back.  I prefer Scott Cunningham’s indexes in the back of any of his encyclopedias or Dorothy Morrison’s because they’re comprehensive and easy to use.  However as you do more and more work, you’ll develop an instinct about what materials will work in a spell.
  • You Feel Like the Spell Didn’t Work: Calm down and be patient.  Trust in yourself and your abilities.  And sometimes a spell needs time to work out, so try to distract yourself.
  • You Don’t Like the Outcome: Tough shit. Accept it and move on.

© Ariadne Woods


One thought on “Witch Tips: Common Problems with Spellwork

  1. I have some times where candles goes out or something else determinedly gets in the way. Depending upon what I am attempting or considering, I can take it as a need to clear. Sometimes, for me and my practices, what I really need to do, is to clear…period, and I can be moved to do a working(that I do NOT need to do in the end) just to get me to see that I need to clear. This can also happen when I simply need to be grounded. I used to get more pissed off and determined to continue at these times and then things would begin to shatter. I understood this as a prod for me to grit my teeth and to attempt more control (the I’m going to win you SOB, type thing). All of these experiences helped to teach me to notice my intent and to take care of my side of the street first. I had a friend/teacher once who would say….uhm why are you trying to eat your cereal with a shovel, a spoon would work simply and better wouldn’t it?

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